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The buzz in Silicon Valley about „universal basic income“ grows louder.

Posted by hkarner - 22. August 2017

Date: 21-08-2017

Source: The Economist

Subject: Rich men, free money: basic income

The latest tech titan to endorse the idea is Stewart Butterfield of Slack; Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook came out for it in May. Sam Altman, president of Y Combinator, a school for startups, is even running a „pre-pilot“, giving around $1,500 a month to 100 families in Oakland, a city in California with high inequality. Y Combinator may soon announce a bigger pilot that will hand out over $50m, starting in two states (Texas is a possibility). Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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All the President’s Advisers

Posted by hkarner - 20. August 2017

Date: 18-08-2017
Source: The Economist By The Editorial Board

Steve Bannon all but dares Trump and Kelly to fire him.

White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon

Even many opponents of Donald Trump as a candidate were cheered by the quality of his early appointments, especially his Cabinet. But as his behavior as President has become more erratic, and especially after the moral confusion of his response to Charlottesville, the question becomes whether there will be a rush to the exits that sends this Presidency into an even faster decline.

This is no exaggerated fear. John Kelly, the new chief of staff, looked visibly uncomfortable as he listened to Mr. Trump’s self-destructive, off-the-cuff riff about Charlottesville on Tuesday. The former general is supposed to bring order to White House chaos.

Gary Cohn, the chief economic adviser who is Jewish, is widely reported to have been upset as he stood nearby as Mr. Trump struggled to distinguish between neo-Nazis, whom he condemned, and “very fine people” who merely wanted to support Confederate statues. The press event was supposed to be about infrastructure. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Donald Trump has no grasp of what it means to be president

Posted by hkarner - 19. August 2017

Date: 17-08-2017
Source: The Economist
Subject: After Charlottesville

U-turns, self-regard and equivocation are not what it takes

DEFENDERS of President Donald Trump offer two arguments in his favour—that he is a businessman who will curb the excesses of the state; and that he will help America stand tall again by demolishing the politically correct taboos of left-leaning, establishment elites. From the start, these arguments looked like wishful thinking. After Mr Trump’s press conference in New York on August 15th they lie in ruins.

The unscripted remarks were his third attempt to deal with violent clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend. In them the president stepped back from Monday’s—scripted—condemnation of the white supremacists who had marched to protest against the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee, a Confederate general, and fought with counter-demonstrators, including some from the left. In New York, as his new chief of staff looked on dejected, Mr Trump let rip, stressing once again that there was blame “on both sides”. He left no doubt which of those sides lies closer to his heart. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Britain is slowly moving towards accepting harsh truths about Brexit

Posted by hkarner - 19. August 2017

Date: 17-08-2017
Source: The Economist

In this week’s papers on customs arrangements and Ireland, Theresa May’s government begins to accept some inconvenient truths

FOR months, as the clock has ticked towards a two-year deadline for Britain to leave the European Union in March 2019, Theresa May’s government has been criticised for being ill-prepared, divided and unrealistic in its approach to Brexit. And rightly so. However, this week it took a belated step towards reality in the first two of a series of Brexit papers, on future customs arrangements and on Northern Ireland. It accepted explicitly, for the first time, that a temporary transition, or interim period, will be necessary to avert a damaging cliff-edge exit in March 2019, and that in this interim period Britain should be in a customs union with the EU.

That is a big step forward. It is all the more surprising, because it came just days after Philip Hammond, the chancellor, and Liam Fox, the trade secretary, promised in a newspaper article that, even in an interim period, Britain would be out of the EU’s single market and customs union. The official Brexit paper acknowledges that this may happen eventually, and offers ideas for a new customs regime that, although burdensome and quite possibly impractical, at least tries to minimise the costs to traders (see article). Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Nearly three-quarters of Britons think their country is on the wrong track.

Posted by hkarner - 18. August 2017

Date: 17-08-2017
Source: The Economist
Subject: Britons mellow on migration

Health, terrorism and poverty replace migration as the public’s main worries

A year after they plumped for Brexit and two months after they voted to take away the government’s majority, nearly three-quarters of Britons think their country is on the wrong track. That is the most in nearly five years, and the eighth-highest of 26 countries surveyed by Ipsos, a polling firm.

Health care and terrorism are Britons’ main worries, along with poverty. Concern over immigration—the biggest beef of 2016, and a powerful driver of the vote to “take back control” from the EU—has halved.

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EU-turn: calls for a Brexit exit

Posted by hkarner - 18. August 2017

Date: 17-08-2017
Source: The Economist

Could Britain find Breverse gear?

In the summer lull, whispers that the referendum could be overturned have become a louder hum. Brexit is a “stitch-up”, says David Miliband, a former foreign secretary; Parliament is “deadlocked”, says Vernon Bogdanor, Britain’s foremost constitutionalist; a new party should derail the process, suggests a disgruntled former chief of staff to the Brexit secretary.

They and others want a second referendum on whatever deal the government cuts in Brussels. They face three obstacles. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Lebenswerteste Städte laut „Economist“: Nur Melbourne schlägt Wien

Posted by hkarner - 16. August 2017

16. August 2017, 11:22 derstandard.at

Einer Untersuchung des Magazins platziert Wien auf Platz zwei vor Vancouver, Melbourne ist zum siebten Mal in Folge an der Spitze

London/Wien – Die australische Millionenmetropole Melbourne bleibt einer Studie zufolge die lebenswerteste Stadt der Welt. In der alljährlichen Untersuchung des britischen Nachrichtenmagazins „The Economist“ kam Melbourne am Mittwoch bereits zum siebten Mal in Folge auf Platz eins. Wien landete auf Platz zwei.

Für die Rangliste werden jedes Jahr verschiedene Werte von insgesamt 140 Städten miteinander verglichen. Gemessen wird unter anderem, wie es in Sachen Gesundheitswesen, Kultur, Umwelt, Bildung und Infrastruktur steht. Einbezogen wird zum Beispiel aber auch, wie groß die Gefahr von Terroranschlägen ist. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The growth of lithium-ion battery power

Posted by hkarner - 16. August 2017

Date: 15-08-2017
Source: The Economist

Higher volumes and better chemistry are causing costs to plummet

THE first lithium-ion batteries went on sale just 26 years ago, in Sony’s CCD-TR1 camcorder. The product was a hit: the batteries even more so, spreading to computers, phones, cordless power tools, e-cigarettes and beyond. The more gadgets the world has become hooked on, the more lithium-ion batteries it has needed. Last year consumer products accounted for the production of lithium-ion batteries with a total storage capacity of about 45 gigawatt-hours (GWh). In the same year production of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles reached just over half that capacity: 25GWh.

But Sam Jaffe of Cairn ERA, a battery consultancy, expects demand for vehicle batteries to overtake that from consumer electronics as early as next year, marking a pivotal moment for the industry. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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How Germany responds to “blood and soil” politics

Posted by hkarner - 15. August 2017

Date: 14-08-2017
Source: The Economist

What zero tolerance of neo-Nazi ideology looks like

TO VIEW the footage of crowds in Charlottesville yelling Nazi slogans and flying Swastika banners is troubling anywhere. But do so from Berlin is particularly so. America in 2017 is not Germany in 1933. But the chants about “blood and soil”, the flaming torches, the Nazi salutes, the thuggery and violence turned on objectors—the whole furious display of armed ethno-nationalism—are nonetheless chillingly evocative. Similarly so is the strenuous ambivalence about it all from Donald Trump and some of his media cheerleaders. It could hardly contrast more vividly with how things are done here: Germany today is a case study in how not to give an inch to the dark politics of “Blut und Boden”.

That begins with the significance placed on remembering where this politics led in the past. Every German school child must visit a concentration camp; as essential a part of the curriculum as learning to write or count. The country’s cities are landscapes of remembrance. Streets and squares are named after resisters. Little brass squares in the pavements (Stolpersteine, or stumbling stones) contain the names and details of Holocaust victims who once lived at those addresses. Memorials dot the streets: plaques commemorating specific persecuted groups, boards listing the names of concentration camps (“places of horror which we must never forget”), a giant field of grey pillars in central Berlin attesting to the Holocaust (pictured). Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Mistrust in America could sink the economy

Posted by hkarner - 12. August 2017

Date: 10-08-2017
Source: The Economist: Schumpeter

Part of the problem is a lack of competition in some industries

AMERICA is a grumpy and confused place. For an overarching explanation of what has gone wrong, a decline in trust is a good place to start. Trust can be defined as the expectation that other people, or organisations, will act in ways that are fair to you. In the White House and beyond there is precious little of it about. People increasingly view institutions as corrupt, strangers as suspicious, rivals as illegitimate and facts as negotiable.

The share of Americans who say “most people can be trusted” fell from 44% in 1976 to 32% in 2016, according to a survey from the University of Chicago. In a new book, “The Retreat of Western Liberalism”, Edward Luce, a commentator for the Financial Times in Washington, argues that distrust will contribute to America’s decline and eventually, even, to autocracy. Lack of faith is chewed over in boardrooms, too. In his latest letter to shareholders, Jamie Dimon, JPMorgan Chase’s boss, describes trust as America’s “secret sauce” and worries that the bottle is running dry. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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